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XII. RESIDENCE HALL COMMUNITY STANDARDS
Consistent with the University's Statement of Community Values and the Student Code of Conduct and Judicial Procedures, individuals are expected to uphold the standards of the residence hall community in addition to holding others accountable to those standards.
Non-negotiable standards are those that are predetermined and not decided through community standards discussions, as they relate to issues of safety and security, protect individual health, and/or are mandated by a University policy and/or law. Violation of these standards constitutes a violation of University policy and the Student Code of Conduct and Judicial Procedures.
- ¨ Guests/Visitation - In order to protect the rights of each resident to privacy, sleep, academic success and all other personal needs, the rights of a roommate take precedence over any guest visits. Overnight guests must have the permission of the host's roommate. Guests are defined as students who do not reside in the same building as their host, students who reside off campus, and non-student visitors to campus. Guests may not stay overnight on campus for more than three nights in any seven-day period. All guests should be prepared to show their identification cards to the Residence Life and Housing staff and to sign in and out of the building between 9:00 PM. and 6:00 AM. Babysitting in the residence halls is not permitted. Visits by minors must be limited in length. Visitors under the age of thirteen (13) are prohibited unless accompanied by a parent or permission is received from the Residence Hall Coordinator. Student hosts are responsible for the behavior of their visitors. In order to ensure that all individuals within a building are welcome, guests must be escorted by their host(s) at all times.
- ¨ Prohibited Items - The following items present health or safety concerns andare, therefore, prohibited in residence halls and/or student rooms: (a) scuba tanks; (b) bicycles (racks are provided outside most residence halls); (c) pets of any kind (except for fish in a 5 gallon [or smaller] tank); (d) items which may be fire or safety hazards which include, but are not limited to, open flames (candles, incense, potpourri burners, etc.), sun lamps, halogen lamps, space heaters, and appliances with exposed elements; (e) motorcycles may not be brought into the residence halls and must be parked in appropriate parking lots; (f) empty alcohol bottles, cans, or containers; (g) any bed, including water beds, loft beds, other than the University-issued bed unless written approval is received from the Director of Residence Life and Housing; (h) University furniture from lounges, study room, etc., in student rooms; (i) attaching, even temporarily, equipment or any items to the residence hall including window ledges; (j) the use of nails, screws, tacks, glue, masking tape, and other adhesive on walls, ceilings, wardrobes, woodwork, appliances, fixtures, doors or furniture is prohibited; (k) lewd or offensive decorations visible from the outside of the room; (l) overloaded outlets and extension cords; (m) any other item that a University student should reasonably know should not be stored in or brought into the residence hall.
- ¨ Misuse of Recreational Equipment - The inappropriate use of recreational and other equipment that creates a health or safety hazard is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, residence hall use of skateboards, roller blades,bicycles, balls, Frisbees, and similar items more appropriate to outdoor use.
- ¨ Cleanliness, Safety, Health and Welfare - Students must keep their rooms in a reasonably clean and safe fashion and shall report any need for service andrepair or any condition injurious or potentially injurious to their health, safety,or welfare to the Residence Hall Coordinator. Residents who fail to maintaintheir rooms in a reasonably safe and clean condition will be in violation of this policy. Residents are required to comply with safety and security procedures and are prohibited from tampering with locked doors, entering/exiting via exterior doors with immediate alarms (except during emergencies), entering/exiting via windows, admitting unauthorized persons or individuals into buildings, and/or propping outside entrances open.
In order to develop a productive, safe and enjoyable community for all, resident students will have the opportunity and responsibility to decide some of their living unit's standards and expectations. Community standards discussions will take place throughout the first six weeks of the semester. All living units should recognize that a community standard does not exist if any member of the unit has been intentionally excluded in the decision-making process, or their opinions are not taken into consideration. Community agreements will be drafted, revised and renegotiated as the need arises. These negotiable standards are as follows:
- ¨ Floor/Wing Meetings - Residents will determine attendance expectations, howfrequently they should occur, and who can call a meeting.
- ¨ Community Projects/Floor Activities - Residents will address community projects and the personalization of public areas.
- ¨ Lounge/Common Area Use - Residents will decide whether public areaslocated on the wing or floor will be used as study areas, social areas, or both.Residents will discuss expectations regarding use of areas such as bathrooms,kitchens, and laundry rooms. Guests of the opposite sex on single sex floors may not use restrooms other than the designated restroom in the building untilthe living unit has established such guidelines through a community standardsdiscussion. Use of restrooms by opposite sex guests is only an option on floors/wings that have two separate restroom facilities.
- ¨ Noise/Quiet Hours - To promote academic success, quiet hours must begin by at least 10:00 PM and continue until at least 8:00 AM Sunday - Thursday and1:00 AM until 8:00 AM on Friday and Saturday. Living units are encouraged toset additional hours and determine if there are specific periods of the semester whenadditional hours will be expected (such as midterms, etc.). In order to assist studentsin preparing for final exams, 24-hour quiet hours will be instituted duringthe final week of each semester. Floors which have been predesignated by theResidence Life and Housing Office as 24-hour quiet areas will remain as such.
- ¨ Definition of Levels of Noise/Quiet - Living units will be asked to agree on a definition of noise/quiet so that all parties have a clear understanding of the standard.
- ¨ Guest/Visitation Hours - Living units will be expected to determine when guests are permitted to visit the floor or wing. Guests are defined as students who do not reside in the same building as their host, students who reside off campus, and non-student visitors to campus. These community standards are subject to changes arising from issues of safety and security as determined by the Director of Residence Life and Housing. Until the living unit has adopted a standard, guests of the opposite sex are limited to the hours of 11:00 AM to 1:00AM.
- ¨ Conflict Resolution - Residents will develop a standard by which to resolve conflicts on the floor when negotiated community standards are violated. Residents have a responsibility to be open, honest, and respectful with one another.
- ¨ Communication of Floor/Living Unit Standards - Each unit is responsible for developing a means to clearly communicate the floor's standards to others so visitors to the floor and adjacent areas can respect the standards.
- ¨ Cleanliness - Residents will establish a standard for the public areas such asthe bathroom, laundry facilities, and hallway.
- ¨ Other Topics Deemed Necessary by the Floor/Living Unit - Residents are encouraged to have a community standard discussion regarding issues felt to be important to the well-being of residents. Standards may be developed as needed, provided they are not in conflict with University policy, the Code of Conduct,and federal, state, and/or local laws